Health Dept. Promoting Prostate Cancer Awareness And Testing

Partners with Local Foundation to Observe National Men’s Health Week, June 11-17

PITTSBURGH – The Allegheny County Health Department is observing National Men’s Health Week, June 11-17, by partnering with the local Obediah Cole Foundation for Prostate Cancer to promote prostate cancer education, awareness and testing.

Prostate cancer is a major threat to men’s health as the second most frequently diagnosed cancer and the second leading cause of cancer-related deaths in men.  According to the American Cancer Society, nearly a quarter of a million new cases will be diagnosed in the United States this year and African-American men are twice as likely to be diagnosed and die of the disease as white men.

“The five-year survival rate for prostate cancer is greater than 90 percent when the disease is detected in its early stages, so the importance of regular screenings cannot be overemphasized.  Men age 40 and older should talk with their health care professional about having a blood test and exam every year,” said Acting Health Director Dr. Ronald E. Voorhees.

To boost awareness and screenings, the Health Department urges residents to participate in the Obediah Cole Foundation’s 10th Anniversary Man Up for Prostate Cancer 5K/10K Run/Walk on Father’s Day, June 17, at River Front Park. 

For more information about the Run/Walk and free prostate cancer screening events scheduled this summer, please visit World Wide Web Icon Obediah Cole Foundation or call 412-572-6830.

In addition, the Health Department offers free educational presentations about prostate cancer.  The talks cover risk factors, prevention strategies and recommended screenings and are given by Lorraine Starsky, a Public Health Nurse with the Health Department’s Chronic Disease Prevention Program.  To schedule a group presentation, please call Ms. Starsky at 412-247-7816.

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